GFE Podcast Wednesday

gfe_podcastsSermons from Pastor Brandon Pollard are now available on Grace for Eternity Church website: http://www.graceforeternity.com/podcasts/


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To God be the glory, amen!

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Thought for the day

prayer_warrior‘There is nothing more powerful than a heart devoted to prayer.” – Lionel Sneed


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To God be the glory, amen!

Right standing in His finished work

:Romans 3 22Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.


Knowing Jesus for yourself is better by far because Jesus desires a lasting relationship with anyone willing to surrender their lives to the one who created life.

I realize this is hard at times because the message of convenience is, “You and you alone control your destiny.” However, my bible tells me in Proverbs 19:21 that Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Yes, it is the Lord’s purpose which prevails in our lives repeatedly. The Lord’s purpose for making us the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ is profound, for it is by faith not by our own effort that we have been made the righteousness of God.

I think the Apostle Paul said it best by saying in Titus 3:5-6 “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…”

You see at just the right time while we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Christ died for us so we would be transformed from condemned to no condemnation (Romans 8:1). From sinners to the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). From just a people, to a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). From being dead in our transgressions to being seated in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).

Because of Christ’s great love for us, we as His children express gratitude for His grace by our obedience to His word. It is because of His grace that we love because He first loved us. We are compelled to love but even more so to aggressively receive the love in which He has richly lavished upon us.

Obedience is still important based on faith in Jesus Christ, but it is not our obedience that makes us the righteousness of God, for by Jesus’ obedience we are made righteous less we boast in our flesh. In other words, I am righteous not because of my obedience, but because of what Jesus did on the cross. His finished works on the cross has made us complete in every way!

What a wonderful God we serve and love because He first loved us! Today I ask that we aggressively step into the right standing of His finished works on the cross. That we rest in Hebrews 10:8-10 which says, First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

To God be the glory, amen!


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Thought for the day

sunrise“Trusting God is more than listening; it is full submission to His authority, will, way and plan for your life.” – Lionel Sneed


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To God be the glory, amen!

Them Keys and that Rock

matthew-16-18Matthew 16:18-19 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”


Catch phrases are great, for they have sticking power. For example, “You have the keys to my heart.” Or, how about this one, “Stuck between a rock and a hard place.” Catch phrases tend to  sum up emotions with a series of words that are easily imprinted upon one’s subconscious.

However, the words Jesus spoke to Peter in Matthew 16:18-19 were more than catch phrases. They were life and redemption for a man who turned his back on Jesus when he said he would die for Jesus (Matthew 26:35).

The words Jesus spoke to Peter were the epitome of second changes and the overwhelming power of God’s forgiveness and grace. This had nothing to do with how could Jesus forgive Peter after denying Him, but everything to do with Jesus demonstrating the many layers of His love and forgiveness for His children. Yet another powerful example of how we are to love and forgive as Jesus did. In our own strength this is impossible, but Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Father, we ask that you strengthen us today.

You see at just the right time while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6). His display of love was unselfish, forward thinking, eternal, and unconditional.

Jesus saw beyond the fear and weakness of Peter for He knew in Peter’s weakness there would be an opportunity for God’s grace to make him strong. I’m going to write that again because it is worth repeating. Jesus saw beyond the fear and weakness of Peter for He knew in Peter’s weakness there would be an opportunity for God’s grace to make him strong.

I can imagine Jesus saying to Peter, “Them keys and that rock you threw away, I saved them for you because I believe in you.” The church that Jesus said He would establish through Peter and the Key that would unlock Heaven on Earth, were kept on deposit for Peter to withdraw.

So, I say to whomever is reading this blog today, that “them mistakes” you’ve made repeatedly, Jesus remembers them NO MORE (Hebrews 8:12). That key that unlocks feelings of guilt and condemnation are declared null and void (Romans 8:1).

Them failed relationships, addictions, destructive behaviors and low self-esteem issues are covered by the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7). That key which unleashed the hands of fury filled with stones labeled “Guilty as charged” have been rendered useless by the greatest lawyer and intercessor of all time (Romans 8:34).

So, I say be encouraged today by reflecting on the love our Lord and savior lavished upon Peter, for the gates of Hades shall not overcome God’s amazing grace. To God be the honor and glory forever and ever, amen!


** If you are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), please click “Prayer Request.”  I would love to pray for you with assurance that all prayer request are kept confidential.

To God be the glory, amen!